December 31st, 2013


Cooking, Scandal

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

One of my big problems with food/diets is that I can't cook. I've solo-cooked only a small handful of successful meals in my adult life. Now and again, in an attempt to change that, I buy a new cookbook.

I love watching The Chew (a talkshow hosted by chefs), and so when one of the put out a cookbook that seemed like it would work for me, I gave it a try. Michael Symon's 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. I was especially hopeful since it got so many good reviews.

I made my first meal from it tonight, and quite unsurprisingly, it didn't work out. Cause was a lack of knowledge on my part more than the book or the recipe.

Also, amusingly, it took me more than five minutes just to deal with the garlic (was supposed to slice it, I ended up chopping it), let alone make the whole meal. Took me nearly a half-hour to make a five minute meal.

Anyway, it was pasta with sauce. Sauce called for a tablespoon of crushed red peppers. I don't like spicy things, so I cut it down to a teaspoon. (I didn't think I could totally leave it out, I didn't want it to be flavorless.) Turned out it was too spicy for me to eat. Whole big pan of sauce had to be tossed out, blah. I didn't even have a jar of sauce backup, so dinner was pasta with a little butter and some parmesan cheese. Rather tasteless and blah. Wish I had bought a second can of tomatoes, so I could try it again tomorrow without the pepper.

Lesson learned, I guess. Just wish it hadn't cost me my dinner.

TV: Now's the time of year for Top Ten lists. Top Ten TV shows, movies, whatever. A couple lists mentioned ABC's Scandal, and Netflix has it, so today I checked it out.

At first I was in love with it, but by the end of the first ep I was meh on it. I enjoyed the powerful female main character and the seriously fast pace, but then that same woman crumpled into tears because an ex-lover backed her into a corner and forced a kiss onto her. This was a woman who had all of Washington DC wrapped around her finger. I disliked the other female main character (the new girl), she was way too much like that Skye character in Agents of SHIELD that I hated.

I'm semi-watching the second ep, but I don't think I'll watch further than that. I like the idea of the show, but not what they're doing with it.

And a New Year's gift for everyone! Or, well, everyone who likes breasts. Can't have too many breasts, right?

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It's like some strange kind of exotic fruit!